07/02/14: Ein Hijleh village brutally attacked by the Israeli Army

In the early hours of Friday morning the newly reoccupied Ein Hijleh village in the Jordan Valley was brutally attacked by the Israeli Army. SFP activists inside the village say that a force of between 600-700 soldiers invaded the peaceful village, attacked and arrested residents.

Maher, an SFP activists from Nablus recounts the attack and his subsequent hospitalisation:

We entered the new village via the monastery to be greeted by a youth group. Groups of youth were gathered around fires enjoying songs and stories together. We entered with groups from Nablus, Ramallah, Hebron and Nabi Saleh.

After midnight a very large force of soldiers, between 600-700, attacked the village. Their barbarism against peaceful residents was shocking, attacking everyone. I was the oldest but there were young primary school children and girls.

Suddenly one of the soldiers hit me in the chest with the butt of his gun. This stopped me breathing for a minute and I felt very fatigued. They began to pursue us through the orchards and all the way to the outskirts of Jericho city. I could the no longer endure the pain and fainted. I was transferred into a car and taken to Jericho hospital where it was found a small clot as a result of the strike. I was put under observation in intensive care overnight.

I am a recovering cancer and stroke patient and still undergoing treatment.

Another SFP activist from Nablus was also struck in the head by soldiers, but thankfully not seriously hurt.

SFP joined popular struggle activists on Friday 31 January, helping to establish Ein Hijleh. It marked the launching of “Melh Al-Ard” (Salt of the Earth) campaign by reviving the village of Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley on land belonging to the Orthodox Church and St. Gerassimos monastery. The campaign was launched in refusal of Israeli policies aimed at Judaizing and annexing the Jordan Valley.

Apartheid Israel’s brutal attack on the village and forced evacuation gives eerie echoes of their massacres during the Nakba in 1948 and 1967, when Palestinians were forced from their homes and many killed. Apartheid Israel then sought to bulldoze the villages to erase history and propagate their lie that Palestine was a land of no people for a people with no land. There are now more than a million refugees both inside Palestine and around the world waiting to return home, some languishing in dire conditions in refugee camps since 1948.

SFP will continue to support the popular resistance and ensure that all the refugees are able to return home, as enshrined under international law. To support the march home and reclaiming of land we implore our international friends to abide by the boycott, divestment and sanctions call against Apartheid Israel. For more details of how you can boycott and get involved in your country please click here.

طلعنا من نابلس المغرب باص صغير كان طريقة دخولنا عن طريق الدير حيث كان مجموعة شباب ينتظرون القادمين الى القرية وطريقة الدخول كانت بواسطة سيارات حيب فلسطينية تدخل من خلف القرية جهة الاردن وعند وصولنا للقرية كالعادة المجموعات الشبابية كانت في حلقات حول النار يسهرون وينون الاغاني الفلسطينية ودخل كما باص كبير من رام الله وباص صير من النبي صالح وباص من الخليل كلها دخلت بنفس الطريقة التي دخلنا بها بواسطة الجيبات من خلف القرية وبخصوص الاقتحام الساعة 1 منتصف الليل دخل الجيش بكمات كبيرة جدا حوالي 600 – 700 جندي وبداوا بالاعتداء على الكل بطرقة همجية حيث نهجوا طريقة حشر كل مجموعة من الشباب مجموعات واخلائهم من جهة معينة من القرية انا كنت اقدم اىسعافات الاولية للشباب والصبايا واخيرا تم الاعتداء علي بالرم من انني مسعف حيث قام احد الجنود بضربي بكعب البارودة على صدري مما افقدني التنفس لبرهة من الزمن وعمل لدي اعياء شديد وظلزا يلاحقوننا بين البساتين لمسافة حوال 3 كيلوا حتى وصلنا مشارف اريحا عندها لم اعد احتمل اغمي علي وتم نقلي بواسطة سيارة مواطن من اريحا الى المستشفى حيث تبين انه لدي شبه جلطة نتيجة الضربة وتم وضعي في غرفة العناية المكثفة حتى الصباح للمراقبة حيث تدارك الجلطة الاطباء بسلام وللعلم طوال فترة ملاحقتنا كنت اقول للجيش انا بحاجة لاسعاف لانني اعاني من سرطان ومن جلطة ولم يولو الامر اهمية

Photo courtesy of Samer Nazzal

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